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Disaster Research Center

Study on the Community Impacts and Adaption to COVID-19

Thank you for your interest in our documentation and study of community impact and adaption for the COVID-19 crisis. Researchers from our center will be speaking to people about their experiences. Our focus at this time is both on the University of Delaware community, as well as those residents, organizations, businesses, and groups in and around Delaware who might be impacted. We hope to speak with as many people as possible. Interviews will last between 20 minutes and 2 hours long, depending on how long the person wants to speak. During periods of social distancing, we will be conducting all interviews remotely by ZOOM, which you can connect with through your computer or your phone. Participants will have the option of either having their interviews become part of an accessible oral history on what transpired in their community or alternatively having their interviews be limited to researchers examining questions related to community impacts and adaptation and where their names would not be associated with the information they provide in publications or presentations.

If you are interested in participating, please enter your contact information with the best way to reach you.  We can email you. If you would like us to call you and there is a better time of day to reach you, please let us know. A researcher from the Disaster Research Center will contact you to set up a time. If your primary language is not English, please let us know. 

Questions? Email the Principal Investigators, Tricia Wachtendorf (twachten@udel.edu) and James Kendra (jmkendra@udel.edu), or drc-mail@udel.edu with the subject heading COVID-19 STUDY.

This research study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Delaware Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the UD IRB at hsrb-research@udel.edu or (302) 831-2137.

About the Principal Investigators

Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf

Director, Disaster Research Center

Tricia Wachtendorf is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware and Director of the world-renown Disaster Research Center – the oldest center in the world focused on the social science aspects of disaster. Over the past two decades, her research has focused on multi-organizational coordination before, during and after disasters, transnational crises, and social vulnerability to disaster events. 

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Email: twachten@udel.edu

 

Dr. James Kendra

Director, Disaster Research Center

James Kendra is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Director of the Disaster Research Center. Previously he was coordinator of the Emergency Administration and Planning Program in the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. His research interests focus on individual and organizational responses to risk, improvisation and creativity during crisis, post-disaster shelter and housing, and planning for behavioral health services. 

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Email: jmkendra@udel.edu